Tony Parker refused to consider it, though it can't be ruled out.
Those last, agonizing moments of the NBA Finals may have been the last we see of these San Antonio Spurs.
Tim Duncan, Manu Ginobili, and Parker have been together for more than a decade, through more than 100 postseason victories. They are proud winners who have endured some crushing defeats, but nothing ever hurt like this NBA championship that got away.
"It's tough to come so close," Parker said. "Those last two games are tough, especially Game 6."
San Antonio officially lost its chance for a fifth NBA title with its 95-88 loss to the Miami Heat in Game 7 on Thursday night. But the Game 6 defeat, when the Spurs couldn't hold a five-point lead in the final half-minute of regulation, is the one they might lament far longer.